History Book Reviews (page 936)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 1995

"Worth a hearing. (Author tour)"
A Paul Tsongasstyle moderate Democrat criticizes the culture and practices of Congress, and proposes some useful reforms. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 1995

"An engrossing rundown of the submarine's hell-and-high-water annals. (16 pages photos, 4 maps)"
A vivid history of an underwater craft that has proved deadlier than either battlewagons or flattops in two global conflicts and was a key part of the arsenal in one Cold War. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1995

"A welcome addition to the growing shelf of books on the American Jewish experience, though its grasp of history is not as firm as its mastery of sociology."
A sociological survey, with historical background, of the American Jewish community's current state. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Despite these lapses, a highly accessible survey that should be the standard for years to come."
Hundreds of voices resound in this thoroughgoing analysis of '60s radicalism. ``If people demonstrate in a manner to interfere with others, they should be rounded up and put in a detention camp,'' argues Deputy Attorney General Richard Kleindienst in 1972. Read full book review >
IT IS SO ORDERED by Warren Burger
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A golden opportunity to educate America on its greatest subject—missed."
Former Chief Justice Burger offers a survey course on the level of a high-school history textbook as he sketches 14 controversies that have defined the US Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"It is rare for such an important historical document to be rendered with such profound artistic integrity."
A powerful testament to the uncanny resilience of the human spirit. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A must-read for anyone interested in the interplay of technology, nature, and human ambition."
An absorbing and pointed account of the taming of Washington's Columbia River and the consequences—both beneficial and disastrous—on the economy, the inhabitants, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
THE SOUTH by B.C. Hall
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"An enjoyable enough survey, burdened by excessive historical flights of fancy that add up to nothing very clear."
A folksy, meandering look at the American South's past and present. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"East. (photos, maps, not seen) (First printing of 40,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The Civil War's western theater is the focus of this vivid history by the author of Forrest Gump (1986). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"At its heart, and where it succeeds, the tragic story of a talented, vivacious young girl who desperately wanted to be a normal American teenager. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The human drama overshadows the political intrigue in this uneven account of a Palestinian who murdered his daughter. Read full book review >
THOMAS MANN by Ronald Hayman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"An important, accomplished work, containing the outlines of a less professional, more passionate look at Mann and his family that, while yet unwritten, might someday provide drama to match the master's. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Veteran biographer Hayman (Tennessee Williams, 1994, etc.) painstakingly traces the great German novelist's progress from anatomist of fin-de-siäcle decadence to august personification of his nation's conscience. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

An intriguing record of the contested, anxious decisions behind every brick of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >